Civitas ChildLaw Center

Anita Weinberg

Teaches The Children’s Summer Institute

In addition to teaching The Children’s Summer Institute course at Loyola University Chicago, Anita Weinberg serves as a Clinical Professor and the Director of the ChildLaw Policy and Legislative Programs within the Civitas ChildLaw Center.

Anita Weinberg has worked on behalf of children and families for over 25 years as an attorney and as a social worker. Prior to teaching at Loyola, she served as director of Policy and Planning for the Department of Children and Family Services Office of Inspector General. Previously she was an Assistant Cook County Public Guardian representing abused and neglected children and supervising staff attorneys. She also was a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where she represented parents and children in the juvenile court, in class action litigation, and in legislative advocacy. Professor Weinberg was adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago School of Social Services Administration for nine years, where she created and taught a class on social work and the law. As a social worker she directed the Resources for Permanence Project at the Child Welfare League of America in New York City. Professor Weinberg involves students in interdisciplinary projects in the areas of child welfare and health. Most recently, she and students have been intensively involved in efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Chicago, an issue that has been linked to special education needs and other medical and behavioral problems that have the potential for limiting children's learning potential and opportunity. She is the recipient of grants from the Chicago Community Trust and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for work on lead poisoning prevention. She serves on numerous committees and councils devoted to children's rights. She has testified before congressional and state legislative committees on child welfare and health related issues. Professor Weinberg received an M.S.S.W. degree from Columbia University and her J.D. degree here at Loyola University Chicago.